NVLSP Releases 2021-2022 Veteran Benefits Manual | Focus on the hometown

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The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) recently announced the release of the 2021-2022 edition of its landmark Veterans Benefits Handbook, the 30th Anniversary Edition of the Handbook. NVLSP created the manual in 1991.

“We are pleased to mark the 30th anniversary of our Veterans Benefits Handbook and to offer the 2021-2022 edition to help those who advocate for veterans more easily manage complex and developing laws and regulations. governing the benefits to which our veterans are entitled. Said NVLSP Executive Director Paul Wright. “Each year, we meticulously document changes to the Veterans Act, as we recognize the vital resource that the Veterans Benefits Handbook represents for Veterans Advocates and lawyers who assist Veterans who need it. Department of Veterans Affairs illegally denied their benefits. “


Known as the “VA Benefits Bible ™,” the 2,200-page manual is updated annually and contains essential information and analysis from practicing lawyers at NVLSP, a panel of leading experts. veterans rights guard. It is important to note that each edition of the manual is intended as a stand-alone product, so there is no need to reference previous editions.

The 2021-2022 edition of the Veterans Benefits Handbook has been fully updated with important developments in veterans law over the past year. The most important new information in recent editions of the manual relates to the Veterans Appeals Enhancement and Modernization (WADA) Act, 2017, which came into effect on February 19, 2019. Updated information is available in the 2021-2022 edition of the manual. on how the new modernized examination system has worked in practice. Highlights from other updates include essential advocacy elements such as: • New guidance for deciding what options to pursue to overcome BVA decisions denying legacy claims and claims submitted to the new AMA system.

• Discussion of recent changes
VA policies and procedures due to
Covid pandemic19.
• A new section on how the BVA
organizes virtual hearings.
• Updated assignment information
to help activities transferred from the
Joint Services Records Research Center
at VA Military Records Research
• New sections explaining why thousands of Vietnam Veterans and their
survivors are now entitled to millions of
dollars in additional retroactive compensation for Agent Orange illnesses. • Discussion of VA revisions to
disability rating scale for musculoskeletal disorders.
• A new section dealing with improved hearing procedures adopted by
the Army Release Review Board and
thousands of military veterans now have the right to ask the council to reconsider their
less than the honorable discharges under
more liberal examination standards.
• Advocacy tips for engaging BVA
decisions that violate or improperly rely on
on the provisions of VA arbitration
Procedures manual M21-1.
• Discussion of recent case law on
extra-hourly disability ratings and

cedular ratings for ankylosis of the joints.
• A new section on how the military
retirees are entitled to retroactivity
salary of retired military personnel as a direct consequence of
VA decision granting retroactive VA.
• Updated analysis of the rules governing the right to retroactive benefits
based on after-sales service records
be added to the VA claims file after a
final rejection of the complaint.
• New directives concerning the law
benefits accrued to reimburse people who have borne the costs of a veteran’s last illness or burial.
• Updates on eligibility for full VA assistance for family caregivers

and advocacy tips for those requesting monthly stipends.

The editors of this year’s manual are co-founder and special advisor Barton F. Stichman, former co-executive director Ronald B. Abrams, director of training and publications Richard V. Spataro and director of the Court of Appeal for Veterans Litigation Stacy A. Tromble.

To order your print or electronic version of the 2021-2022 edition, see the Veterans Benefits Handbook at www.productsbynvlsp.org/. For more information on NVLSP, visit www.nvlsp.org.

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